As a homeowner, you want to create an inviting home that is enjoyable for you, your family, and your guests. However, not all of us can be millionaires with plenty of money for decorations. If you are operating on a tight budget, we have some tips that will help you create a pleasant and enjoyable atmosphere without breaking your bank!
1. Outdoor Lights
Most likely your home already has outdoor lights installed. A simple way to make your house welcoming is to put those outdoor lights on a timer! Setting the timer for sunset makes it easy so that you don’t have to remember to turn on the lights. Exterior lights act as a way to welcome you home from work, and they make it easy for guests to find your house.
If you have a long walkway up to your front door, you can illuminate the path with pathway lights. This creates a warm and inviting home for you and your guests. It also reduces the risk of guests tripping on their way from your front door to their car!
Candles are a perfect way to set the mood for a room, whether you are eating a romantic dinner or taking a relaxing bath. Scented candles can whisk you away to a tropical island or a cabin in the woods. Whatever your scent preference, these light sources are a budget-friendly way to create an inviting home.
If you prefer non-scented candles, you can buy timer candles. These candles typically come with remotes that allow you to change their color and brightness level. You can set them for a certain time of day to effortlessly create an inviting home for your family and guests.
Buying a variety of plants from a local nursery attracts beautiful wild animals such as bees, birds, and butterflies. This creates a picturesque, fairytale-like scene around your house. If your home has flower boxes installed under the windows, pick some dainty flowers that compliment the color of your house. For example, if your house is painted dark brown with orange and red accent stones, pick orange and red flowers to fill your flower boxes!
Wreaths also add a seasonal flare when fresh flowers are not in season. Depending on the time of year, you may choose a pastel-themed wreath for spring or a more neutral-colored wreath for the fall. If you are up for a DIY project, you can purchase fake flowers and a wreath frame from a craft store. Fake flowers are much cheaper than real flowers, but if you are not a crafty person, you can opt for buying a pre-made wreath. If you find a variety of colors, shapes, and sizes you can easily create a beautiful accent piece for your front door!
4. Framed Pictures
What better way to show off your pets, family members, and friends than in a framed picture! Pictures are a wonderful way to capture memorable trips or time with loved ones. You can print off pictures in a variety of sizes from your local Walmart or CVS for a reasonable price. Those stores usually have your pictures ready for pick up in a time-efficient manner, which is helpful if you are in a rush to complete a project!
You can also choose to purchase still pictures from local artists and craft stores. These pictures are perfect decorations if you want a more neutral theme for a room. Picture frames are a great way to decorate any blank space, whether it be bookshelves, walls, or tabletops. The possibilities with these versatile decorations are endless!
5. Soft Indoor Lights
Soft lighting creates a cozy atmosphere for any space. Fairy lights are a trendy decoration for teen bedrooms because they create a soft background for headboards or blank walls. They are also a great way to display polaroids! Plus, if you hang these lights above your bed you won’t have to get up to turn them off!
For a family room or dining room, you can place a few lamps on side tables to create a relaxing atmosphere. Turning soft lights on at night can help your mind wind down so that you get a deep night of rest. After a long workday, soft lights create an inviting home that you anticipate returning to. That kind of atmosphere makes you want to curl up in your pajamas with a book or movie to end your day.
6. Outdoor Charm
Overall, homes are more welcoming when they are clean. If you have a bunch of ivy suffocating your front door, you might be less likely to use that entrance. You can easily add outdoor charm to your home by trimming the unruly bushes in your front yard landscape. To make the street view of your home more appealing, plant some fresh flowers in your front yard. This adds pops of color and a fragrant aroma. Even if you have minimal landscaping, taking the time to maintain your plants will communicate that you take pride in your home and entice guests to explore its warm and inviting atmosphere.
7. Interior Organization
For indoor cleanliness, organize your belongings with the same containers to give a uniform look. This simple step in cleanliness can make a huge difference in the overall appearance of your house! Plus, you may find that doing some extra cleaning in certain areas of the house reduces your stress levels because you can now function in an organized environment!
8. Air Fresheners
If your home smells good, you and your family are more likely to enjoy spending time there! Guests will remember the way your home smells, and they will associate that scent with any mention of your home. Try placing your air fresheners in high-traffic areas of your home, such as the family room, dining room, and front entrance. Air fresheners are a simple and effective way to create an inviting home.